Stacy Lewis is a fantastic golfer. She’s won twelve professional tournaments (including two women’s majors), played on four straight Solheim Cup teams, and is currently ranked 16th in the world. But what she did this weekend might be the coolest thing she’s done.
Lewis grew up in the Houston area, and still lives there today; her husband coaches the women’s golf team at the University of Houston. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lewis announced that she’d be donating any winnings from this weekend’s Cambia Portland Classic to hurricane relief charities:
— Stacy Lewis (@Stacy_Lewis) August 31, 2017
That was a very noble gesture, but Lewis followed it up by winning the whole damn tournament, her first victory in over three years. And as she’d promised, the entire winner’s check is going to charity:
— LPGA (@LPGA) September 3, 2017
That’s just, well, awesome. It’s one thing to announce a donation to charity after you win, but to essentially devote your performance to charity, and one so immediate and personal to Lewis, and then use it as motivation to win, ending a victory drought in the process?
That’s something else entirely.
To top it off, KPMG (one of Lewis’s main sponsors, as you can probably tell by her hat) announced they’d be matching her donation.
— KPMG US (@KPMG_US) September 4, 2017
That’s a heck of a contribution.